Wed, Oct 7, 2020

6 PM – 7 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Join us on October 7 at 6:00 PM via Zoom for a panel discussion on the Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition (MPSC). Come hear Ryan Cleary (CWR '16, co-founder of FloatMe, and second place winner in the 2020 MPSC), Aja Hardy, director of the MPSC gBETA, and Scott Shane, Veale Institute Fellow and director of the MPSC, talk about the university’s premier startup competition, how it helps startups, and how you can apply. 

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We will also be broadcasting this panel to LinkedIn Live on CWRU Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship's LinkedIn page on October 6 at 6:00 PM.

Are you a CWRU student or alum looking to advance your business or social impact idea? Please visit CWRU LaunchNet for more information. Contact, if you'd like to set up a meeting.


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Scott Shane

Veale Institute Fellow

Case Western Reserve University

Scott Shane, PhD,  is the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Economics, at Case Western Reserve University. He is the Managing Director of Comeback Capital, an early stage venture fund investing across the Midwest. Dr. Shane has written extensively about entrepreneurship and innovation. His most recent book, entitled Is Entrepreneurship Dead??? (Yale University Press, 2018), debunks the myth of American entrepreneurship in decline. He has been an active angel investor, both individually and with the Northcoast Angel Fund, and a mentor and investor at several accelerators, including Acceleprise, gener8tor and Iconyc. He is also a deal flow partner at Right Side Capital Management, a San Francisco-based pre-seed stage venture fund. Dr. Shane is also a Veale Insitute Fellow.

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Ája Hardy


gBETA Cleveland

Ája Hardy has over a decade of experience in new product experimentation, business strategy & operations and Big 4 C-Suite facing consulting in the medical, consumer products, technology, e-commerce, and public sector industries. Her go-to-market expertise resulted in the development of several new ventures and leading those teams while at top organizations such as Abbott Laboratories- Human Genome Project and Leapfrog Patient Safety Council, Cerner- Cerner Math Inc. (Analytics) and Healthe, Deloitte- Value-Based Care Practice and ConvergeHealth, and Huron- Strategy Practice.

As the first FUSE Executive Fellow in Cleveland, she developed public/private partnerships with Google, Kiva, and Square before currently leading the gold-ranked venture accelerator gener8tor in the Cleveland area (Business Advisory, Marketing, Event Management, Bus Dev). Ája has an MPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, a MBA from UMKC Bloch School of Business and a B.S. Biology Pre-Med from Xavier University.

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Ryan Cleary

Chief Operating Officer


Ryan Cleary is the COO and co-founder of FloatMe. He leverages his expertise as a business owner, tech evangelist, and researcher to find efficiency opportunities and market gaps. With a career spanning sectors including Aerospace, Biotech, Business Consulting, Data Science, Education Innovation, Fin-tech, Smart City Technologies, and more he offers a unique perspective augmented by training in Design Thinking, Innovation Practices, and Management Expertise.

He is the head of development for a first-of-its kind Entrepreneurship Program designed for community college students with transferable content accessible to anyone. His business activities also encompass Innovation & Business Consulting, Economic Development Businesses, and serving as a Venture For America Fellow.

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Co-hosted with: CWRU LaunchNet, Sears think[box], Entrepreneurship Club , Weatherhead School of Management Events

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